Its a Frog thing
Frog photos from the San Francisco Exploratorium: Froggie the Frog Store Proprietor took these photos with an Olympus digital camera in June 1999. Click on the small thumbnails to see larger photos. Stop by the Exploratorium if you get a chance - it's a fun place!
|Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) This is a typical jumping frog, with powerful back legs. It's native to the NE and N-Central US.|
|African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis) This frog has big webbed hind feet, and is a good swimmer. Though it lacks the vocal sack present in most frogs & toads, its call can be loud enough to be heard outside of the water. African clawed frogs were once used for pregnancy tests. The woman's urine was injected into a female Clawed Frog, and if the frog began to lay eggs then the woman was pregnant.|
|Fire-Bellied Toad (Bombina orientalis) From Korea and north China, this frog has a spotted camouflaged back. When startled, it flips over or bends backward to show its bright belly as a warning - poisonous! This toad lacks the vocal sack that is present in most other frogs & toads, so its call is very weak and can only be heard over very short distances.|
|Smoky Jungle Frog (Leptodactylus pentadactylus) From the Amazon Basin in South America, this big frog is 5"-6" long. It spends most of its time in the jungle, away from ponds and streams. To keep her eggs moist, the female oozes a liquid from her body, beats it into a frothy foam with her back feet, and deposits her eggs in the foam. The outside of the foam hardens into a shell that protects the eggs and keeps them moist.|
|Western Spadefoot Toad (Scaphiopus hammondii) Native to California, the Spadefoot toad buries itself in the ground during most of the day. It waits for a rainstorm to lay its eggs, and the tadpoles develop into frogs in just two weeks - hopefully before the puddle dries up!|
|Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps) This toad is found in Louisiana, Texas, and along the east coast of Mexico. Its tongue is attached at the front of its mouth, and it flips out its tongue to grab bugs.|
Frog photos from the San Diego Zoo: These photos were taken in January 1999 at the San Diego Zoo's frog exhibit by Froggie, the Frog Store's Chief Frogperson, using an Olympus D-600L digital camera. Click on the small thumbnails to see larger photos, and feel free to download them and use them as you wish!
|Argentine Leaf-Folding Frog (Phyllomedusa sauvagii) These frogs reproduce by depositing a gelatinous clutch of eggs into a leaf funnel over water, by folding a leaf and gluing it together with a sticky bodily secretion. Tadpoles hatch and fall into the water below!|
|Smooth-Sided Toad (Bufo guttatus) The "warts" behind the eyes are called parotid glands, and produce powerful toxins that interfere with a predators heart function if ingested. In other words, eating this toad could cause death due to heart failure. Is it OK to just kiss the toad?|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) This poison arrow frog is found in Guyana, French Guinea, and Surinam along the northern Brazilian border. Toxins from the frog's skin must enter the bloodstream to be lethal. Natives believe that an irritated frog, when rubbed on a bald spot of a parrot, will cause the feathers to grow in red. Cool! - but, not verified.|
|Blue Poison Arrow Frog (Dendrobates azureus) One of the largest poison arrow frogs, up to 2" long, this frog is found only in a single partially wooded savannah region of Surinam. It was discovered in 1969. A spawning frog lays just 4-6 eggs under leaves by a pool. Fortunately, these rare frogs have been successfully bred in captivity.|
Oregon Coast Aquarium Frog Photos: The following photos were taken at the Oregon Coast Aquarium frog exhibit by our own distinguished Frog Store proprietor. In the interest of worldwide frog awareness, you may download and use these photos free, as long as they are not used for immoral or socially unacceptable purposes! If you make money with these photos, we suggest you use it to buy frog stuff.
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|The Tomato Frog (Dyscophus antongilii) is from Madagascar. This species is endangered, but there is a species of Tomato Frog called Dyscophus guineti that is not endangered and is sometimes available from reptile dealers.|
These three little White's Tree Frogs (Pelodryas caerulea) are nestled in the fork of a tree in a small puddle of water. These frogs are from Australia.
The Red-Legged Frog (Rana aurora) is from northwestern North America. This one is about 2-1/2 inches long.
|These little guys are Pacific Tree Frogs (Pseudacris regilla), and they're 1 to 1-1/2 inches long. They are found in western North America.|
This African Bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) looked like he was having a bad frog day! He's huge and warty, a good 6" across the middle, and had settled himself into a nice mud puddle. A fully grown one can be the size of a football!
This is a picture of a 'banana box' frog, sent by Craig Cleeland from Australia. Actually it is a Dainty Green Tree Frog from Queensland, Australia but these frogs grab a ride on produce such as bananas as they are shipped down south to places like Victoria. It is estimated that 6,000 to 8,000 frogs end up in Melbourne (Victoria, Aust.) from Queensland each year.
There is a group called the Victorian Frog Group that go around and collect the frogs before they are thrown back out into the environment to die of exposure (cold) and possibly also spread diseases.
Three cheers for Craig and the Victorian Frog Rescuers!!
Randall and Sharla
|Becky, a self-confessed
frog freak, sent in this photo and says:
"We went outside to sit on the swing the other night and saw this cutey on our huge hostas plant. Just sat their letting me take a ton of pics! You can't see it but he has a bright yellow underside, just so pretty!" (This is in NW Arkansas.)
Meldra writes: "This little guy jumped from our driveway into a box we had waiting for a good burn day. I found him peeking up over the edge -- he did leave the box before we burned it. Photo taken with my Nikon 995 digital camera, in Washougal, WA." (Pacific Tree Frog)
|Beth found this pretty little Northern Leopard Frog on a canoe trip down the Missouri River in Montana.|
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